The Director Of Public Prosecutions has decided there should be no prosecutions issued in the case of alleged perjury in the trial of a man charged with fraud of his former employer, P Sheils Plant Hire of Duleek.


Paddy Sheils of P Sheils Plant Hire (PSPH) has claimed that three former employees established a company also called PSPH, in 2008, to supply customers, including Meath County Council, with road digging, maintenance, and other services using his equipment.

One former employee, Siobhan Ryan, pleaded guilty in the District Court in 2014 to offences related to the fraud. Another former employee, David O’Donoghue, was acquitted following a jury trial in 2016. The charges against a third, Sinead McNamara, were withdrawn.

In 2018, Navan based Superintendent Michael Devine obtained the permission of the courts to obtain transcripts of O’Donoghue’s trial to investigate allegations of perjury during evidence given at that hearing.

However a Garda spokesperson has confirmed the investigation has reached aconclusion and no further action will be taken.

They told Meath Live, ‘ The matter was reported to Gardaí, investigated fully and a file was submitted to the Director of Public Prosecutions.


‘The DPP directed that there should be no prosecution’.